Hearty bowls of steaming pho — a fragrant soup served with chicken or beef, a fistful of noodles and crunchy bean sprouts — are served everywhere. Regional variations might add a kick of ginger, zest of lime or shaving of cinnamon. Colonial influence means crusty baguettes and sugar-scented pastries are an unexpected Ho Chi Minh City specialty. Perch on a plastic stool at one of Hanoi‘s roadside stalls and sip bia hoi, freshly brewed, frothy Vietnamese beer.